Get lost in Montana Explore the state’s wilderness and beauty
Its wilderness and sheer beauty will fill your heart and enliven your senses
time to discover Montana USA for a wilderness wonderland that will claim your heart. There’s more to explore than most people dream. Find inspiration in these 10 reasons to go – and create your own Montana moments.
GET INTO BIG SKY COUNTRY
Montana is the fourth largest state in the US, with one of the smallest populations, and is like no place on Earth. You’ll discover vast unspoiled prairies, rugged mountain ranges, untamed rivers, striking nature reserves, history and scenic drives with no crowds. visitmt.com
YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SEE IT
Glacier National Park, with more than 400,000 hectares of wilderness that’s fully accessible only in summer, is home to 762 lakes, 1200km of hiking trails, awe-inspiring alpine scenery, native wildlife and only 25 remaining glaciers – estimated to disappear by the end of this century. And you can traverse the ‘Crown of the Continent’, the wildest part of Montana’s Rocky Mountains, on the 80km Going-tothe-sun Road in a vintage 1930s Red Bus with the top down.
GO HOME ON THE RANGE
Working, guest and high-end resort ranches abound in Montana, offering an authentic taste of the cowboy (and gal) lifestyle, horse riding and a host of other outdoor activities against a backdrop of jaw-dropping scenery.
DROP OUT AND SLOW DOWN
Step back in time and visit the site of the Battle of Little Bighorn,
re-trace the footsteps of Lewis and Clark or follow the Dinosaur Trail. Visit ghost towns, go down a copper mine or head down backcountry trails to wild secluded places where you can be utterly alone.
LOVE THE WINTER FUN
Families and thrill-seekers can board and ski one of the largest ski areas in the US at Big Sky or revel in the powder at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Try ziplining, sleigh rides or powering through winter trails on a snowmobile or a dogsled; or simply hunker down with a local craft beer, fine dining and a raging log fire. skiwhitefish.com, bigskyresort.com
With three park entrances in Montana, it’s easy access to watch Old Faithful and other geysers erupt amidst the steamy geothermal features of this supervolcano. Walk, hike or camp on the wild side in America’s first national park.
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
Wildlife spotters can see grizzly and black bears, wolves, buffalo, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, deer, coyote, bald eagles and so many more native species up close and in their natural habitat in and outside Montana’s wonderful national and state parks.
LIVE LIKE A LOCAL
Soak up authentic western culture in small towns, shop for western wear, dine on local fare and sample the local craft brews or distillery tipples. Visit a rodeo, state fair or musical.
JOIN NATIVE AMERICANS
Seven Indian Nations celebrate Montana’s rich Native American heritage. Stay in (or learn to assemble) a tipi. Local guides from Blackfeet, Crow or Salish/ Kootenai tribes will take you on a horse ride, a guided hike or over the Going-to-the Sun Road. Learn their culture, traditions and stories.
TAKE AN ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP
The Beartooth Highway, 110km of scenic wonder between Cooke City (the north-east entrance to Yellowstone) and Red Lodge, is one of the most highly rated scenic drives (by car or bike) in the US. Big Sky to Bozeman along the Gallatin River Canyon is another must-drive and the river is famous for its fly fishing. Choose your ultimate road trip.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Check virginaustralia.com.au and qantas.com for direct flights to the US. American Airlines, United and Delta also have flights to the US from Australia and onward connections to Montana.
FIND OUT MORE: visitmt.com
Be entranced by Native American culture This is a bucket list ride!
You won't believe the beauty of Glacier National Park